Miller rampaged for seven tackles, three sacks, a pass defensed and a forced fumble in Sunday's win over the Colts.
Miller's assault on former No. 1 picks continues, having tallied 6.5 sacks and three forced fumbles in his last three games against Cam Newton and Andrew Luck, including Super Bowl 50. Miller picking up right where he left off in the postseason is welcomed news as the dynamic pass rusher isn't known for starting the season off hot. Prior to this year, the shortest amount of time it took for Miller to reach four sacks - his current total - was four games in 2011 and 2014.
Miller registered three tackles and a sack in Thursday's win over the Panthers.
It was't the dominant performance Miller ended last season on. The Panthers tried to learn from last season's mistakes by getting the ball out quickly, but last year's Super Bowl MVP still got a sack on Cam Newton. Wrangling the athletic passer down early gives Miller a strong foundation to start the season.
Miller's extension makes him the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history, and his guaranteed money is the second-most ever shelled out to any player. After earning Super Bowl MVP honors while leading the Broncos to their third championship, Miller was rightfully Denver's biggest offseason priority. Although negotiations came down to the wire of Friday's deadline for franchise tagged players to reach a long-term deal, the 27-year-old Miller is now secured for the foreseeable future, ensuring the Broncos' defense remains one of the league's elite heading into the 2016 campaign.
Coming off an MVP performance in Super Bowl 50, Miller was expected to secure a huge contract. The teams agreed upon the $114.5 million and six years earlier in the week, with the guaranteed money being the only snag to completing the deal. When officially signed, the contract will make Miller the highest paid non-quarterback in NFL history in terms of guaranteed money. The deal will also make him the highest-paid player in Denver's franchise history. It will also allow him to play 2016 on without the worry of impending free agency following next season.
Miller received the Broncos' exclusive franchise tag back in March, but recently proclaimed he will not play under such designation in 2016, making Friday's deadline to reach a long-term extension all the more important. As it stands, the Broncos' total six-year, $114.5 million offer has been approved by Miller's camp, but his representatives are still negotiating the guaranteed portion of that potential deal. Ultimately, Miller is expected to command more than the $63 million guaranteed that Eagles' defensive lineman Fletcher Cox agreed to last month, which would give Miller the highest guarantee for a non-quarterback in NFL history.
|4||10/2/16||@ TB||4:05 pm|
|6||10/13/16||@ SD||8:25 pm|
|9||11/6/16||@ OAK||8:30 pm|
|10||11/13/16||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
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|14||12/11/16||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|16||12/25/16||@ KC||8:30 pm|
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